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gun violence and congressman elect hakeen jeffreys of new york. today, he was appointed to the house judiciary committee which is expected to take up the issue of gun control early next year. thank you both for being here tonight. >> thank you, reverend. >> thank you, reverend sharpton. >> father, why haven't we done more to combat gun violence in this country? >> i think the number one issue is the primary victim of gun violence across america, including chicago, is black and brown. and why black and brown continues to be the victim, america stepped back and said that's an inner city problem. so there hasn't been the out rage. this is a human problem. this is an american problem, as you've said, that we ought to be embarrassed by in this country. that we're trying to bring peace around the country, across the world and not doing it at home. and there's not been out rage. elected officials in congress because we've been duped by an nra who has continued to fear us. guns make money. they are making money off the lives of black and brown children. >> congressman elect jeffreys, you've
say that you need to take this proposal. this was what david burke said in the "new york times" and said if you don't take it, you're going to end up with something much worse. it's a bit of progress that boehner is beginning essentially his opening bid is considered a compromise bid back in 2011. >> now, michelle, the politics of this seems to be potentially disastrous for the republicans. when you look at the fact that 82% of people polled oppose reducing social security benefits, 67% oppose raising medicare eligibility age, meanwhile, 60% support raising taxes on the wealthy. >> it's very important that people think about the fact that in theory americans like small government. but in practice when you start talking about popular programs, they get very, very snippy about you threatening to cut anything. so what we have here is a situation where they've taken -- the republicans have taken away the presidential talking point of, well, republicans don't have a plan. but they have not taken away the talking point of, well, republicans want to cut all this so that they can keep
in a task force against gun violence in new york city right now where we've allotted $5 million to go towards gun violence prevention. in atlanta, they had to shake off the violence campaign where they're working in schools. reverend charles williams has been working on this issue. we have been engaged for many years in dealing with this. >> let me ask you this. you come as the executive director for us with a personal commitment because in our communities of minorities, we have a disproportionate problem of assault weapons and many of it coming from members of our own community. and you've personally had to deal with this? >> well, absolutely. my son's father was murder in the third degreered ten years ago at the hands of an illegal weapon. and i also deal with victims through my work on a consistent basis. >> i've been working recently with the mother of floyd morgan and his moether and 10-year-old sister. there's a real human side and we cannot allow politics to get in the way and money that is being sent all around. that is the real, only meaningful contribution that the nra and o
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